Helfrich: Post-Nicholls Thoughts
Whoa, Duck fans. And media, too.
I'm sorry, I just don't see how you can draw any real conclusions about your football team based on what happened Saturday afternoon in Autzen Stadium. OK, I'm not saying your team isn't going to be terrific. Undefeated, perhaps. And yes, it could be that Mark Helfrich is the second coming of Chip Kelly. But please, don't get excited about what you saw in that game and don't start drawing conclusions based on what you saw.
Because it was all one big happy mirage. Nicholls State is not very good -- and that's about as kind as I can be to that team. Oregon State beat the Colonels 77-3 last year and didn't play its starters nearly as long as the Ducks did Saturday. It's shameful that the Ducks (and Beavers last season) felt the urge to even schedule a team that's been historically this bad. (And don't give me all the alibis about last-minute scheduling, cancellations and all that. Just play Portland State -- which is better than Nicholls -- and keep the money in state.)
The Ducks didn't show much against the Colonels, wisely choosing to stay very basic in a game where that's all that was needed. If there is going to be any sort of change of emphasis or personnel this season under a new coach, it's doubtful we'd have seen it Saturday. Helfrich is smart enough to hold those cards pretty close to the vest at this point.
But you realized that, right? Right?